Norwich pretty much dominate from start to finish but only come away with a point – sound familiar?
The Canaries started well against Newcastle and had great chances to score through Teemu Pukki, who struggled all game, and Sam Byram who also can’t seem to find the net in a yellow and green shirt.
The Canaries failed to take their chances and the home side grew into the game as the first period came to an end and Tim Krul was called into action on a few occasions.
The second period was more of an even affair but the visitors still had opportunities again through Pukki, whilst Ondrej Duda also had a chance to open his account for the club.
However, Norwich simply didn’t capitalise and will have left St James’ Park feeling disappointed, and it’s thier inability to convert these chances into goals that will be one of the reasons for what is now, to me, looking like their inevitable Championship return.
With all that in mind, here’s how I rated the Canaries after their sixth draw of this term.
Tim Krul - 8
He made a world-class save to deny Joelinton his first goal at St James Park and was faultless all game. Also made an impressive save from a Newcastle corner to deny the type of late goal that the Magpies have become notorious for.
Max Aarons - 7
He put a perfect ball across goal which was begging for someone to get a touch on the ball to divert into the net and he also linked up well with City’s new signing Lukas Rupp when the attacking midfielder was on the right. Also dealt with Allan Saint-Maximin well but the Frenchman did get away from him a few times.
Christoph Zimmermann - 7
The German did the simple things well which was surprisingly refreshing and he used his pace to his advantage when dealing with Newcastle runs. After an indifferent Christmas period, Zimmermann is asserting himself as City’s best defender – a title he gained after endless positive performances last season.
Grant Hanley - 7
Another former Magpie, Hanley frustrated current Toon striker Joelinton and didn’t let the Brazillian do anything which could have given the striker any confidence, something he’s been starved of in his time at Newcastle. The Canaries’ captain also showed his vast experience when it was most needed.
Sam Byram - 7
Almost got his first goal for the club which continues to elude him. He was creative and offered an extra player as Norwich tried to try to break down the ten-man barrier. Defensively, he was average with good and bad moments during the game.
Alex Tettey - 7
The Norwegian looked tentative to pass forward incase he gave possession away and his defensive abilities weren’t needed as much as Newcastle just sat behind the ball, not offering much of an attacking threat at all.
Kenny McLean - 4
His sloppy passing and him continuously losing possession summed up a game that really lacked quality. Whether Mario Vrancic would have done any better is anyone’s guess but Daniel Farke should definitely be thinking about dropping the Scot.
Todd Cantwell - 7
The game didn’t really suit Cantwell. The playmaker thrives off running into space or taking on his man but he was unable to do that against Newcastle’s mass defence. When he did have the odd bit of space, he created decent chances but it wasn’t his best game in a City shirt.
Ondrej Duda - 7
The Slovenian’s passing was crisp and he often found a runner or a spare man in advanced areas. He also started a promising counter-attack which should’ve ended in Pukki’s tenth goal of the season.
Lukas Rupp - 7
His defensive support was minimal but he was calm on the ball and his passing was immaculate. He also set up Pukki for a one on one chance but the striker skied it over the bar.
Teemu Pukki - 6
The Fin missed a few too many guilt-edged chances which, on another day, he would have buried. Maybe it’s time to give Drmic a shot at the Premier League?